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The E.A.R.: My Panther is Black

 

My Peeps of Color

I totally understand the hype surrounding Black Panther and its importance to our culture, but can we not use this as an excuse to be obnoxious–even toxic–especially towards white people?

There will undoubtedly be white people who are confused and don’t get our excitement, but you can still explain it in a way that doesn’t insult their intelligence or belittle them. This movie shouldn’t be an excuse to gate others either. Don’t let me catch y’all telling white people they are not allowed to watch this movie. EVERYONE needs to see this movie and I think we can all agree that this movie needs to outsell Fifty Shades Freed.

Fifty Shades Freed will have an extra weekend on this movie so y’all need to go to the movie in droves as well as encouraging our white allies to join us. Also, Please don’t insult the comic readers because they will rip you a new one. You really don’t want it with a comic nerd.

This unfortunately brings me to another sad thing about this movie’s increased popularity. I may sound like a Debbie Downer with this next part, but hear me out because this maybe the realest truth I drop in a while.

The Black Panther comic character has been around since the 60;s. The sad irony about this many people of color getting excited about The Black Panther is y’all would’ve kicked someone’s ass back in the 90’s just for reading the damn comics.

As I’ve mentioned in many of my posts, being nerdy (comics, video games, trading cards, sci fi, fantasy novels and table top games) in my day was severely frowned upon. Being both black and nerdy was grounds for getting ousted by your own. Being nerdy was considered a white thing even though I know plenty of white people who endured bullying. I’ve been bullied more often by my own than I was by non-blacks for enjoying the stuff above. I’ve moved past it, but the irony is pretty sad. A lot of us old school nerds have to deal with this bittersweet feeling of non nerds finally loving the shit out of the stuff we enjoyed back in the day and endured bullying for enjoying.

To My Non Nerds

I’m glad your finally discovering what we’ve loved for years, but never forget our troubled history and the messed up irony of this movie’s wide spread popularity within our community.

To My Nerds of Color

You wear that nerd badge proudly and never forget our origins. It’s an unfortunate trend we have to deal with, but, lets bask in the fact that their enjoyment hopefully one day will make them sit back and realize how dumb it was to make fun of people for enjoying this stuff.

Things Non-Nerds Have Been Eating Up Since The 80-90’s

1. A Song of Ice and Fire (y’all are obsessed with Game of Thrones now).

2. Star Wars (Y’all are eating up these new slew of movies).

3. Pokémon (“Pokémon Go” was pretty dope wasn’t it?)

4. Star Trek (JJ Abrams has y’all hooked)

5. Dragon Ball Z made anime accessible for an entire generation of black youth. The whole hood has DBZ Super on smash.

You’re welcome. There’s a wealth of material to dive into if you’re willing to not care what people think.

Stay classy.

 

Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.

 

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Poem by Erik Nelson

 

Augmented Reality

Illinois Illegally Seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills Remaining Queens
Gotta catch them all!

Government drones spray ferrets with M&Ms
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Dallas County approves aerial pesticide spraying after first case of West Nile diagnosed
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Asian tiger mosquito, linked to Zika, small but steady in number
Gotta catch them all!

How and why God created various animals
Gotta catch them all!

Mice watch out: Larry the cat to stay at 10 Downing Street
Gotta catch them all!

All cats are libertarians. completely dependent on others but fully convinced of their own independence.
Gotta catch them all!

Adorable duckings have abstract thoughts
Gotta catch them all!

Yikes! A boa constrictor found slithering across a Pa. parking lot
Be aware of your surroundings.

It Takes 300 Years To Record All Tree Species In The Amazon
Gotta catch them all!

Why We Missed This Nearby Mini-Planet for So Long
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A Simple Eye Test Could Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease
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South Sudan ceasefire ‘largely holding;’ UN urges safe passage for fleeing civilians
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DC police shootout ends with 5 arrests
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Security fears mount ahead of GOP convention
Be aware of your surroundings.

These Fearsome Dinosaurs Had Tiny Arms Just Like T. Rex
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Investigation: Lawmaker sexually harassed women on job
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Report: Hard-to-Kill Islamic State Commander Finally Dead
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Emmy nominations: Will there be surprises?
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How does a real ghost hunter feel about Ghostbusters?
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Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan Would Ban One-Third of the World From the US
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Donald Trump is getting ZERO percent of the black vote in polls in Pennsylvania and Ohio
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Hillary Rodham Clinton raising big dollars at tiny fundraisers
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State Department Reopens Hillary Clinton Email Probe
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Getting Hillary Rodham Clinton records takes more and more time
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How robot, explosives took out Dallas sniper in unprecedented way
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Security robot runs over child in mall, keeps going
Be aware of your surroundings.

Tesla’s Autopilot Driving Mode Is a Legal Nightmare
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28 Awkward Child Stars That Are Now Crazy Hot
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‘Pokémon Go’ leads players to California facility housing sex offenders
Be aware of your surroundings.

Politics|Democrats’ Convention Speakers Will Show Diversity and Stress Inclusion
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Congress Releases ’28 Pages’ That Looks For Saudi Links To Sept. 11 Hijackers
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‘Many dead’ after truck crashes into Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France
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65 arrested after blocking Baltimore expressway during protest
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Turkey Detains 6000 People As Crackdown Widens After Bloody Coup Attempt
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3 More Reported Held in Bastille Day Truck Attack in Nice
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Pokémon GO players break into zoo, others fall off cliff playing game
Be aware of your surrounding.s

Pokemon Go: Bosnia players warned of minefields
Be aware of your surroundings.

Neanderthals ate each other and used their bones as tools
Be aware of your surroundings.

 

Artwork © Cesar Valtierra
Artwork © Cesar Valtierra

 

Erik Nelson is an office drone by day, coffee house poet by night, who chases sea birds, antiques, sirens (the mythical kind), gremlins, and trips to places where memory resides. He grew up on records and tapes, and feels something was lost when audio went digital. He enjoys science fiction fandom but feels something is missing in it, so it is in effect one big lipogram. He believes that something written on a website is both an article and a wave at the same time. He notes that “Augmented Reality” is “a Collage poem made by catching, collecting and evolving internet headlines that were current on July 19, 2016.”

Cesar Valtierra is a graphic designer from El Paso, TX and the creator of the webcomic, Balazo.

 

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Jagged Thought #132: The News #staywoke

 

Smoke in the air from a traffic stop.
Where Philando Castile got shot for reaching into his pocket.
And facebook live caught it,
And then some cops got it, damn…
Some solid stretch of savagery.
From police brutality to political pageantry.
From thinking things are gravy
When Freddie Gray wasn’t on the top of the block.
When we were just starting to turn our eyes to
Something else, like the mess in the toupee, or
The deleted e-mails, and Bernie.
Now, were back in revolt status
Back to the future back at us.
So let the peaceful protesters march
and molotovs fly
and dance the doom out of the sky
with Facebook Live.

But yo, keep watching for Pokemon in the streets
Not these crooked police and our brother Philando Castile six feet deep
Because of a reasonable reach.
With his girl in the passenger seat
Recording it for the world to see.

#Stay woke
#no joke

 

Jason Wright is the founder and Editor of Oddball Magazine. His column appears weekly.